Friday, December 2, 2011

FFWD Matafan (Fluffy mashed potato pancakes)

Delectable little pancakes...Matafan
Today is friday and it's time to share another Dorie Greenspan recipe. This month our first pick is for Matafan, a fluffy mashed potato pancake. I was thinking this morning of how French Fridays have broadened my horizons when it comes to cooking.  First, I have never heard of Matafan...second, I don't think I would have tried them if it wasn't a pick for this group. It just seemed like a lot of work for a batch of pancakes. Not so!! The most time consuming part of this recipe was the baking of the potatoes. You do have to beat egg whites but, it was worth the effort.
My husband wasn't feeling well last night so he went to bed early. I was in the middle of making the Matafan. I thought I would make a few to photograph and then refrigerate the batter....that was my plan...honestly! After I took my pictures, I decided to eat these cute little pancakes for my dinner. A little sour cream and they would be perfect! The first four were just a warm up. After eating 12 of them I decided to refrigerate the rest of the batter, so my husband could try some in the morning. I still can't believe I ate so many! These little gems were light and fluffy and so yummy! I couldn't help myself...honestly!


This recipe can be found in Dorie Greenspans cookbook "Around My French Table" and it has been posted here. If you don't own this book put it on your Christmas list, you will truly enjoy it!
Check out the others Dorie participants to see how they did here.


Ricing my potatoes
The batter
I can't believe I ate the whole thing
These are so worth the effort

26 comments:

  1. These really are a comfort food - I'm sure they were just what your husband wanted when he woke up in the morning!

    I agree - I would never have tried these either - or baked potatoes over salt! It was totally worth it.

    Have a wonderful weekend! XOXO

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  2. Your little pancakes look just perfect. I can't wait to try them.

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  3. These are perfect! No wonder you had 12 in one sitting :-) I would have too, but I halved the recipe and my husband was there to make sure we were "even" in enjoying the little pancakes.

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  4. 12! The diminuitive size makes them easy to inhale. I ate a bunch too when I made mine. :D

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  5. Don't feel bad about eating 12. They're finger food, you're supposed to eat a lot of them!! I'm going to have to try this recipe again.

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  6. Love the look of your sour cream dollops on these tasty pancakes!

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  7. That is the best endorsement for this recipe that I've seen all day! I thought they were even good cold out of the fridge :) Yours look extra fluffy...mmmmmmm.

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  8. Funny...I ate 9 while I was standing by the stove frying these pancakes...must mean I thought they were good. I could have eaten 12. I also liked the idea that I could tell Hubby that they are almost fat free and actually a healthy vegetable. He eats healthy all week just waiting for the weekend so I think these fit his plan. Sorry your hubby was not feeling well...he missed out. Hope he got some the next day.

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  9. I just had to save this recipe, they look quite delicious

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  10. Kathy-One thing for sure, you can't eat these potato pancakes with maple syrup...lol, but I see you served it with sour cream, my favorite way!
    Your pancakes look oh, so fluffy, and super delicious.
    I love how they turned out for you. For certain, this has to be on my list to make real soon!
    Have a wonderful weekend, my friend!

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  11. I love what you did with yours too! I know, Fridays are hectic for us. Have a great weekend!

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  12. Ohhhh, my mom used to make something like this with leftover mashed potatoes. I love them. They are so delicious. I love the touch of sour cream on top of them. Great photos. Too bad I am on a diet now, I can't make them. I will give them a try soon.

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  13. They are so fluffy! I should make some for lunch too.

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  14. Not announcing the until Monday kept me from getting to them in time for today but I certainly will. Do you think the cakes themselves can be kept overnight in the fridge and reheated? If so I would even try freezing them to use during the week to sop up all manner of gravies and sauces all week long. Hmmm... yum. Great job!

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  15. I can see why you ate so many - they look so good! I have to confess to eating too many too. I agree with you about probably not trying this recipe if it wasn't for FFWD. Beautiful pictures!

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  16. Sis boom, Dorie suggested freezing them if made ahead...I plan on doing just that for a party I'm doing. You'll definitely enjoy them!

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  17. Never heard of matafan either but anything with potatoes and looking like a crêpe gets my vote! Yum!

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  18. These look so good! I've never heard of a matafan either, but a mashed potato pancake sounds divine! I always rice my potatoes when making regular mashed potatoes, so I'm half way there...I'm sure I could have devoured 12 for dinner too last night....with a glass of wine, YUM!

    BTW, love your blog header..."a cookie in each hand" love that!

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  19. I've never thought of this combination but it sounds really good!

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  20. So cute, Kathy! These were really good and I can believe you ate that many. :) I hope you are having a good weekend!

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  21. Kathy, don't feel too bad about eating twelve, I ate three large pancakes
    and enjoyed every bite. They were good leftover for lunch too.
    Seriously, I think blini size is better. Yours looks wonderful with the
    sour cream, Tricia's boys as well as my hubby enjoyed this recipe.

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  22. Yours look great with the cream. I managed to resist eating the pile the night I made them, but then ate them at every meal the next day. LOL.

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  23. I own the book and have not looked at it for four months. Shame on me - but looking at these pancakes - you can be I'm opening it now!

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  24. These look so good-- I wouldn't have been able to resist eating them while while they were cooking. I'm sure they must have smelled amazing too! I hope your hubby is feeling better!

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  25. Yum! Your matafan do look good with their golden tops and daub of sour cream.

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  26. I had to skip the last couple of recipes, but these look really great! So light and fluffy. I love potato pancakes with sour cream on top. I'm glad to see you riced the potatoes. Since we made the hachis parmentier last year, I've kept on ricing potatoes every time I need them mashed. I love the smooth texture. Hope you're having a good week.

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